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Stan Van Gundy says he will not coach anywhere next season

May 21, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta Reuters

You can cross Stan Van Gundy off your coaching lists.

The former Magic and Heat coach was on The David Baumann Show on 1080 The Team in Orlando and said he would not be coaching anywhere next season. He called it a family decision.

He added that a few teams reached out to him but he had not formally interviewed with any of them.

Van Gundy sounds like a guy looking for the right job — a place he can win, warm weather, willing to pay very well. Right now the jobs that are open are largely rebuilding projects or ones like the Nets where improvement would be hard to come by as the roster is rather stuck in the mud.

You have to wonder if he sees a job on the horizon that he thinks will open up and would be a better fit, so he’s just biding his time. A year at home, and working for NBC Radio, is a nice way to go until then.

Of course, if a surprise opening popped up somewhere… we will see. For now, look for him to take a year off.

  1. eatitfanboy - May 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I strongly doubt he would turn down the clippers job which you know is opening up soon

  2. logisticalvoices - May 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I miss StanVan. He gave us the NBA’s best presser ever: sipping a Diet Pepsi, dishing on Dwight Howard when Howard arrives with a hug and a big smile.

    As awkward and hilarious as anything The Office ever did.

  3. ranoversquarells - May 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    My money’s on the Clippers, but if Howard leaves the Lakers they could be a darkhorse.

    • zacksdad - May 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I think Howard would prefer SVG over D’Antoni. Look Kobe and Phil had their issues and they won two more championships after that. Winning has a way of fixing bad relationships. Heck Kobe and Shaq looked like they liked each other during their three-peat.

      If D’Antoni stays as a coach of the Lakers, then Jimmie would overtake Sterling as the worse professional owner in LA. And if that happens, by default he would then take the bottom spot in the NBA from Sterling and become the worst owner in the NBA.


      Time to start building a positive legacy. Fire your mistake and hire right coach for the team we have. Do not force me to become a bandwagon Clipper fan and leave Laker Nation.

    • 00maltliquor - May 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Hey! I agree 100% with what you said. I was thinking the same thing.

  4. 1972sxwife - May 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    The Ron Jeremy look alike tour must be going better than expected.

  5. danfrommv - May 22, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    The Clippers would be perfect…except for the “pay well” part. Donald Sterling is way to cheap for that

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